After about a month of staying at home and having limited in-person interaction with other people, we wanted to know what you're looking forward to doing or places you're looking forward to going in Wicomico County once we can get back to "normal" — or at least, as normal as we can after living through a pandemic.
For now, of course, we are still under a stay-at-home order and should be practicing social distancing when we're out for essentials. We asked our Facebook and Instagram followers, and here were the responses:
Delmarva Shorebirds games. There's nothing quite like going to a game in person, but you can relive some top moments on the Shorebirds' Facebook page, where there were posts for each "inning" during Opening Day at Home on April 9. The Shorebirds also mentioned in a comment to a fan that people can stream games from previous years for free here.
The Salisbury Zoo. The zoo social media pages have been busy, featuring different animals and information in videos and photos. From Sleuthing Sloths to Fluffy Friday and a video of the new baby bear, the zoo's posts are sure to bring a smile to your face. Visit the zoo's Facebook page and Instagram to see the animals from your computer or phone screen.
Restaurants. While many restaurants are open for carryout and delivery, we may all have a new appreciation for eating out post-COVID-19. The ones that were mentioned in our readers' comments were The Red Roost and Market Street Inn. While The Red Roost is not currently open, fried chicken from The Red Roost is available for carryout from the Evolution Craft Brewing Co. Public House.
Outdoor recreation. A couple people mentioned kayaking, and another mentioned stand-up paddle boarding. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website, "Since kayaking and paddle boarding are a form of exercise, they are permitted under the executive order. Guidance on social distancing and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed." So, while these would be allowed if you have your own equipment, you'll have to wait if you'd be going to a friend or family member's house or spending time with others. Others mentioned visiting parks and beaches, including Pemberton Park, which is currently closed.
Other answers included the Honors House at Salisbury University (submitted, of course, by a student), watching USSSA softball games, spending time with grandkids, visiting the Whitehaven Hotel and camping.
And of course, there was an answer that said, "Grocery shop in a fully stocked grocery store." I think we can all relate to that!
Stay healthy, and we look forward to seeing you when we no longer are required to stay at home for safety.
The owl photo is by Laurie Bireley and the paddleboarding photo is by AJ Angello.